Did anyone hear Saturday’s Music Matters show? I taped it and listened to it on Monday night as it’s a subject I’m really interested in. Here’s a few scattered thoughts from 3VS.
A very good show. Opened with extracts from Berio, Shostakovich 10, Schnittke 1 and Henze 9.
Even had Maxwell Davies talking about symphonies- I’ve heard all of them- but haven’t got no.3 or 4. He says they require a long concentrated listening for several times. But this can be done even in these times. I achieve this by taking the personal stereo with me on the train. And on holidays. I’m learning Schnittke Symphony no.2 at the moment.
Good to hear David Matthews on it as well.
Not sure about one of the panel saying that she’s looking at works for symphony orchestra rather than symphonies because symphonies are abstract works.
“ I’m not sure the symphony will survive because of modern techniques that are available” Guess who said that? Schnittke! (Symphony no.3 programme note)
The dodgy unfinished completed symphonies are still being done on to this day! (Schnittke 9)
Of course, there’s so much ground to cover from 1945 to now and so many diverse approaches to symphonies we really need a whole series of programmes to cover this!
Does anyone know if James McMillan is writing a 4th symphony? And what happened to Pendereki 6? (Pendereki wasn’t mentioned on the programme)
So, after Maxwell Davies 3 and 4 where next for my contemporary symphonic exploration?